Post # 1
I’m not that overweight, but I do have some fat to lose. I’m 5’5 and weight 150 lbs, give or take a few fluctuating pounds, and I’d like to lose 30 and get down to 120. Here’s what my average day looks like;
Wake up, eat a piece of whole wheat toast or apple or something as I get ready for work
Go to work..at 11 we have a break and I have a low fat yogurt.
1:30 is lunch..I usually have a garden salad with lemon juice instead of dressing
4:00 I have another break and eat a pear or an apple, or some other kind of fruit.
Then around 6-7ish my fiance or I make dinner. It includes some kind of protein and vegetable, usually. We turn a work out tape (right now it’s Jillian Michaels) and work out for an hour.
Oh and I have a desk job, so while I’m at work I drink a lot of water. The water bottle I currently use is 1 liter and I drink a couple of them every day. I just want to lose the weight to feel and look good in my wedding dress 🙂 How long will it take me to lose the weight?
Post # 3
@marinesfiance: There are SO many variables to weight loss. I don’t know if anyone could answer that question for you. It seems like you’re on the right track, though I’d add some more protein throughout the day. (egg white/spinach omelet for breakfast, for example?)
Post # 4
@marinesfiance: are you sure you’re eating enough? One thing that I had to learn the hard way when I was changing my body (210 lbs down to 149 now..and still hustlin’!) was that eating too little is just as much of a roadblock as eating too much. I think you’re definitely on the right track! I agree with @ANGELaaimt–definitely add some protein. I’d also cut down on sugar. Your body will process the sugar from a banana or apple the same way that it processes sugar from a Snickers. The only difference is that you do get some nutrition from the fruit (which is great, but it means moderation).
In addition to protein, add in some veggies throughout your day–maybe swap one of your fruit snacks for carrots and hummus, or some edamame. I like that you guys work out together and cook dinner together. That is one thing that WILL make the weight come off; it helps so much to have a partner. I’d also suggest getting really creative with you meal plans. I know firsthand that sometimes healthy dinners can go from, “Yes! I’m doing this!” to, “Oh my god…if I have to eat a piece of meat and 1 – 2 steamed veggies again this week I will die.” Lol. Buy (or check out from your library) a cooking light cookbook (bonus points if it’s also a budget dinners cookbook!) and plan your meals for the week. You’ll be amazed that you’re spending the same amount of time and money to cook different things each night, but you’re not bored and you won’t even realize that you’re cutting out the fat! Plus you really can’t beat having leftovers already in place for lunch (or to freeze for those nights when you just do NOT feel like cooking).
Other than that, keep up the great work! I have a desk job myself and I know it can get frustrating when you’re trying to lose weight but you have to sit all day! That’s why adding foods that will keep you full and work FOR you is the way to go! 🙂 Good luck and keep us posted!
Post # 5
@ANGELaaimt: I’ve been trying to get up early every morning so I can have something to different to eat, but it seems to be a losing battle, lol. I have boiled eggs, though, I could take the yolk out and put the whites in my salad, I guess.
Post # 6
@MrsHalpert: Wow, that’s really helpful. I’ll definitely get some veggies when I go to the grocery store later, I didn’t even think of the natural sugar thing. And the not eating enough..I think I could stand to eat more breakfast, but I do like the 6 small meal things, and I feel like it’s working. But I really just started so I don’t know. And he has a crapload of cookbooks at his parents’ house so we’ll go through them sometime.
Post # 7
I’d definitely get some protein in at breakfast and lunch; right now it looks like you have a relatively low-protein, high-carb diet, which means you’re going to be hungry more often.
Having eggs at breakfast and some whole wheat toast could help. A sandwich at lunch would probably be ideal, too – with bread, meat and cheese, you could probably get in 20 grams of protein at lunch. I can’t speak for you, but I’m a vegetarian, so that’s something I’m often more concerned about.
Your exercise routine sounds fine.
Given your current stats, I’m going to estimate you need about 1700 calories a day to maintain your weight (not counting the exercise you do). At your goal weight, that drops to 1550 calories a day.
Jillian Michaels’ workouts are intense – at least for me. I’m going to estimate that you burn 400 – 500 calories doing that. Given your current diet, I’m going to estimate that you’re getting about 1,000 calories a day tops.
If you boost up your calorie intake some – to 1250, maybe 1450 calories a day – I’m going to guess that with your current workout schedule, you’d lose about 1.5 pounds a week…so 20 weeks to lose 30 pounds, is my guess.
Post # 8
I’d try to figure out how many calories you’re eating per day. A lot of people like My Fitness Pal for tracking food and exercise.
Post # 9
@marinesfiance: I think by eating enough she means enough calories… your body needs a certain amount of calories to function, and will go into emergency/starvation mode if it’s deprived for too long. You won’t lose weight in a healthy manner (or sometimes, at all) if that happens.
Those calories would best come from a varied diet… so good proportions of fats, carbs, and protien.
Do some research on healthy eating (not a diet, but eating right for your body) and it might help you out a bit.
Post # 10
@marinesfiance: First, because you work out, I say you aren’t eating enough (calroie wise and a good way to find out is to take your total daily energy expenditure – 20%, and that is the amount of calories you should be eating). But no one will be able to tell you how long it will take you because people lose weight from different areas at different rates. If you want to do this before your wedding, given the correct date it listed, it is completely doable. If you want to do this before the end of the year-eh, I’d be confident to guess not happening.
I would urge you to switch up your meals. When you eat the same things over and over your body gets used to it, in a sense, and can’t use it for anything. Try having your yogurt in the morning, salad for a snack, and then for lunch have another protein with veggies and a fruit. Try not to go too nuts with the fruit though. Natural sugars are good within moderation.
Post # 11
@CookieCreamCakes: I have been thinking about putting some grilled chicken in my salads..the only thing I was worried about is just sitting there. If you think I need the bread maybe croutons? Or should I just scrap the salad altogether? I don’t like sandwiches so that’s why I ask, haha. And I’ll definitely try add some egg with my toast. If boiled eggs would work, at least the whites, then it’ll still be easy for me to grab and go. And I’m soo glad you were able to do calculations, that’s something I could never do, but it’s really helpful, thank you!
Post # 12
It all depends. Make sure you’re not eating too little… and make sure you get some good fats… instead of just plain lemon juice as salad dressing, I’d make one with 1 part lemon, 3 parts olive oil (this doesn’t have to be a large quantity), and freshly crushed garlic. Sooo much tastier and it isn’t that many more calories. I think good fats help you lose weight. And there’s nothing wrong with egg yolks. It sounds like you’re going pretty extreme.
ETA: I see you do exercise, I must have missed that… It sounds like you might need a bit more food…
Post # 13
@megz06: Good point, I didn’t think about that. I know your body gets used to excercising but I didnt think of the food. Our dinners are always switched up so as long as we regulate them to be more healthy I think we’ll be good. And I’ll start switching things up as much as I can.
Post # 14
I notice you guys are worried about the amount of calories but I do count calories and if I average it out I think I tend to consume about 1200/day. Adding in an hour of excercise probably should mean more calories so I’ll keep that in mind.
Post # 15
It really doesn’t look like you’re getting enough calories! 1200 calories is the absolute minimum you should eat without exercise, but realistically you should at least eat enough calories to cover your BMR, the calories your body needs to function without doing anything all day. Then any extra walking or working out would make up your deficit.
I just started using MyFitnessPal (MFP) to help me keep better track of my calories, it keeps me honest for sure (I have really been underestimating the junk I sneak in!). If you want to stick to the minimum of 1200 calories, then make sure you’re making that a net of 1200 calories, don’t just eat 1200 calories then work off half of them, it’s not a healthy thing to do from what I’ve read.
It’s really hard to do good workouts and lose weight when you’re not eating enough! I know I end up binging or feeling dead if I try to stick with 1200 a day and I blow it. 1400-1600 net a day has so far kept me satisfied and I’m expecting to lose about 1lb per week 😉
Post # 16
@marinesfiance: Directionally, how long it takes you to lose the weight will depend on slew of variables.
The first time I lost 30 pounds, I did it in about five weeks. The second time I lost 30 pounds, I did it in about 5 months and have kept it off.
I will repeat, as other PPs, that I think you might want to consider increasing your overall daily caloric intake and particularly, increasing your protein.
Also, it’s AWESOME that you drink a lot of water during the day. My other suggestion is that these pesky desk jobs make losing weight challenging. I’ve found that even adding an extra five minutes of exercise (read: crunches, jumping jacks, etc.) during the workday helps boost my weight loss. If you have a lunch hour, even taking a fifteen minute walk outside could help you out!